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Next 'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony set for Mar. 19

Pearl Harbor Colors Ceremony (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Stoltz)

03/16/15 12:00 AM

Theme of this month's honors ceremony at Pearl Harbor Visitor Center: Women's History and Heritage in the United States Navy

PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM – The next Pearl Harbor Colors, a monthly military ceremony open to the public, will be held Thursday, Mar. 19 at 7:30 a.m. at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. The theme for this month’s event is, "Lean in, Operate Forward: Women’s History and Heritage in the United States Navy."

Sponsored by Navy Region Hawaii in coordination with the National Park Service, the ceremony will feature the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band, a joint Honors and Ceremonies Guard from the USS O’Kane and the USS Halsey, and an official observance of "morning colors." Navy Commander Gina McCaine, Commanding Officer of the USS O’Kane and Navy Commander Linda Seymour, Commanding Officer of the USS Halsey, will give remarks.

Both the O’Kane and Halsey recently returned from successful deployments in the Pacific.

The special guest of honor will be Ms. Eugenia Woodward, a former member of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services). Ms. Woodward served as a photographer during World War II, at Norfolk Naval Air Station, Va., and then the Philadelphia Naval Supply Depot. By the end of the World War II, over 84,000 women served in the WAVES program.

Pearl Harbor Colors is an opportunity for local residents and international visitors to witness a U.S. military ceremony and meet veterans, service members and their families. Attendees can learn about various aspects of military history.

The setting for Pearl Harbor Colors is the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, which is home to Hawaii’s most visited historic site – the USS Arizona Memorial – expected to draw 1.5 million visitors in 2015.

"Through Pearl Harbor Colors we honor our history and heritage, build relationships with our partners and the surrounding community, and recognize the dedication and hard work of our service members and their families in a committed and sustainable way," according to Rear Adm. Rick Williams, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.

For more information about Pearl Harbor Colors, contact (808) 473-2920. For more information on the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, contact (808) 422-3315.

Event Details:

Event: Pearl Harbor Colors
Date/Time: Thursday, March 19, 2015; 7:30 a.m.
Location: Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
Performance By: Pacific Fleet Band; USS O'Kane/USS Halsey Honors and Ceremony Guard

#PearlHarborColors Ceremony Twitter and "Selfie with a Sailor" Campaign:

Take a selfie with Sailors, Airmen or Veterans at the Pearl Harbor Colors ceremony using hashtag #PearlHarborColors and see your image retweeted on @NavRegHawaii ( The best selfies will be featured as the cover photo of the month on Navy Region Hawaii Facebook.

Related Links:

(Video) Previous 'Pearl Harbor Colors' events

(Photos) 'Pearl Harbor Colors' Ceremony webpage

Women in Navy History